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Sia fans launch lawsuit after failing to enjoy live performance

By | Published on Thursday 18 August 2016


People suing after being disappointed by live performances is a thing that happens sometimes, and is always quite silly. The latest artist to befall this is Sia, who has been slapped with a class action lawsuit by a number of fans who attended a recent show in Tel Aviv.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the gripes include that Sia only performed for 65 minutes (aka five minutes longer than anyone should ever play live) and that instead of the Yarkon Park venue’s big screens showing what was happening on stage, they displayed celebs like Kristen Wiig dancing to the music.

The videos, it is claimed, were out of sync with the music, meaning that for the many audience members who couldn’t clearly see what was happening on stage, their experience was watching a pre-recorded video that didn’t match up with what they were hearing. And what they were hearing was no chat from Sia, who had the audacity to stand up there on stage and sing her songs and never once get into any banter with the audience.

Given that people paid good money for this, and had to wait around for the show to start, and battle busy traffic there and back, this isn’t good enough. Therefore, the claimants would like not only their money refunded, but if they win the case, everyone else in attendance’s too, thanks to the class action status of the suit.

It is actually the show’s promoter, Tandi Productions, being sued, though speaking to IQ the company’s Ilan Elkayam dismissed the claim, saying: “We wish to emphasise that the performance was extremely successful and we have received hundreds of comments from satisfied fans who thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the production. In addition, it should be noted, that to the best of our knowledge, the claim was not submitted against Sia herself”.

For that matter, he said, his company is yet to receive the official complaint either. Whether the case will actually get anywhere remains to be seen. Though it does perhaps raise questions about what is reasonable to expect from a live show.